Between 8 and 11 May 2012, the South African Embassy participated in the roadshow known as “Os Especialistas” (The Specialists), with the objective of promoting South Africa as a top tourism destination among Portuguese travel agents.  The event took place in 4 cities: Porto, Coimbra, Lisbon and Vilamoura.


The roadshow maintained the same format as in previous years, starting with a workshop followed by a dinner and ending with the traditional raffling of prizes among the participating travel agents.


The turnout was quite positive, with 307 travel agents taking part in Porto, 98 in Coimbra, 105 in the Algarve and 160 in Lisbon.


Over the past few years the Embassy has used this annual event to actively promote South Africa as a holiday destination among Portuguese travel agents and to update them about the diversity of experiences and products that the country has to offer.  It is a unique opportunity for the Embassy to communicate directly with tourism professionals from different regions of the country and to expand their knowledge about South Africa as a tourism destination.


The 2012 edition of the “Os Especialistas” roadshow included the following companies: Image Tours, Pullmantur, Across, VT, ATR, South African Tourism, Master Operador, Angra 2000, Tourism of Thailand, Keytel, Tivoli Hotels & Resorts and Travelport.